…life and sport…

…as the twain do meet…

As we wait for the next match, France v Nigeria and Germany v Algeria, for the door home, we look at what Greece, to the relief of Los Ticos, did not do – play as life should be celebrated, with zest. As The Guardian describes the Greece defense for that goal scored at tortoise speed during regulation time, “…they will kick themselves for some statuesque defending…”, defender and goalie much slower than the statue of Hermes.

Did England learn from this team?

…Of course, not to be forgotten is Greece’s Economic Trials of Hercules or its players selfless generosity…

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…as day ends, we look back…

…lágrimas, mexico llorando y cielito gris; los ticos move forward…

But we celebrate life, and the World Cup, ever so brief,

 


…squabbling cousins, imperial cousins…

…a decrepit Hungary-Austria Empire and some squabbling cousins, endowed by God for eternal leadership…

28 June 1914. That event sparked by Gavrilo Princip of Serbia, officially considered a freedom fighter by his country, would inflict massive population decimation (and substantial wealth reduction) across empires that would implode.

Aside documentaries using actual footage of the war, the BBC recounts events in its 13-part dramatisation (and Mahler 5 Part 1 theme), ‘Fall of Eagles‘.

The Independent [paywall after a few free articles] has had a series on the event], ‘A History of the First World War in 100 Moments’. This moment, fairly unknown despite its ‘derring-do’ (?) – as the colonised in Africa are also ‘recruited’ to defend the way of life of others, A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Guerrilla in the mist – a great German military maverick outwits the British again.

That World War I and its vengeful terms of surrender for Germany would yield consequences obvious to all but the vengeful. Unintended benefits for the masses would include better pay and the opening up of opportunities for women, to encourage the hapless male to serve as patriotic cannon fodder.

And no need to ask who had profited from death and destruction…


…brew? colombian, and then…

…a stroll and…

Some tacos, clearly. And Costa Rica? Will Greece lose its Marbles?


…comes brasil, comes chile, comes this…

…as a ‘warm up…


…many are called, but…

…Honduras, Ecuador (remember Switzerland?), so far – from this side of the world…

The US knows what it has to do. And with the renowned Klinsmann as coach we should look forward to at least a draw against his ‘old side’, Germany? Just imagine a victory? Read the rest of this entry »


…as the sun sets, some set to sail…

…England, Italy(?), BIH, an unlucky Iran, a great but too late (??) Ghana

As the irony of Offenbach (of France?!) had serenaded us, we have two great stars to highlight the certain fate of one and the likely of the other country. And with them we bid a fond adieu to some surprising stars that shone brightly, but too briefly – always a next time, Time to Say Goodbye